Smart Missile Tops 2011 Caulfield Guineas First Declarations

Racing Victoria has today taken first declarations for four of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s major showdowns including those for the Caulfield Guineas 2011, Anthony Cummings’ unbeaten colt Smart Missile heading the list of three-year-olds still in contention for the October classic.

Smart Missile

Smart Missile is on track for the Golden Rose - Caulfield Guineas double this spring

The $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is scheduled to take place on October 8, the same day Peter Moody’s sprint queen Black Caviar is due to resume racing and attempt to equal Phar Lap’s record of 14-successive victories when she runs in the Schillaci Stakes.

Caulfield Guineas nominations featured 279 hopefuls.

That number was dramatically cut today, 92 horses now vying for a spot in the capacity 16-starter plus four emergency The Age Caulfield Guineas final field.

Topping the Caulfield Guineas 2011 entries and odds are Smart Missile ($5) and the Peter Snowden-trained Helmet.

Luxbet punters and fans get an early glimpse at the Caulfield Guineas claims of this exciting duo on Saturday when they face off in the opening Group 1 race of the season – the $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.

Along with Smart Missile, the only galloper to get the better of Golden Slipper winner Sepoy to date, Cummings has three other horses on way to the Caulfield Guineas including his Savabeel gelding Strike The Stars who ran an eye-catching third behind Trusting and My Kingdom Of Fife in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm last weekend.

Helmet, already a dual Group 1 winner thanks to juvenile victories in the AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes last season, is one of five Caulfield Guineas chances for Darley’s supremo trainer Snowden.

Snowden’s other genuine contender is Ambidexter, the emerging Commands colt taking out the Listed Ming Dynasty Handicap (1400m) last Saturday.

Other early favourites in the Caulfield Guineas odds at Luxbet that remain in contention include lightly-raced colt Moment Of Change, the David Hayes-trained Cross Of Gold, Golden Rose runner Manawanui, consistent Dash For Cash colt Chase The Rainbow and the Bart Cummings-trained Do You Think.

Moment Of Change is one of five Caulfield Guineas entries for Moody, Victoria’s ace trainer attempting to win back-to-back Caulfield Guineas’ following the success of Anacheeva in the feature last spring.

Moody’s other chances lie in Godspeed, Highly Recommended, Huegill and last-start Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes winner Golden Archer.

The largest number of Caulfield Guineas first declarations belongs to Patinack Farm head trainer John Thompson whose contingent of eight is headed by Boys On Tour.

Below is the full list of current Caulfield Guineas 2011 entries, the list to be culled again come second declaration stage on Tuesday September 20.

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The Age Caulfield Guineas 2011 First Declarations

# Horse Trainer Ballot Weight
1 ABSALON Jason McLachlan 1= 56.5kg
2 ADAMANTIUM (NZ) Danny O’Brien 1= 56.5kg
3 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 1= 56.5kg
4 ALL CONQUERING Jason Warren 1= 56.5kg
5 ALMAHAAB David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
6 AMBIDEXTER Peter Snowden 1= 56.5kg
7 AWAKEN THE DRAGON (NZ) Leon Corstens 1= 56.5kg
8 BACKBONE Michael Kent 1= 56.5kg
9 BLADON David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
10 BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
11 CHARMARAMA Leon Corstens 1= 56.5kg
12 CHASE THE RAINBOW Rick Hore-Lacy 1= 56.5kg
13 COLLAR (NZ) Robert Hickmott 1= 56.5kg
14 COSTLY COMMITMENT Mick Price 1= 56.5kg
15 CROSS OF GOLD David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
16 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien 1= 56.5kg
17 DO YOU THINK Bart Cummings 1= 56.5kg
18 FLIGHT OF PEGASUS Scott Aspery 1= 56.5kg
19 FORTUNEFIVEHUNDRED Anthony Cummings 1= 56.5kg
20 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea 1= 56.5kg
21 FRESHWATER STORM (NZ) Tony Parker 1= 56.5kg
22 GALAH Peter Snowden 1= 56.5kg
23 GENERAL OFFER John Symons & Sheila Laxon 1= 56.5kg
24 GLAMOUR PLANET (NZ) Dean Howard 1= 56.5kg
25 GO THE KNUCKLE Mark Minervini 1= 56.5kg
26 GODSPEED Peter G Moody 1= 56.5kg
27 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody 1= 56.5kg
28 GONNA BE A ROKSTAR Mark Kavanagh 1= 56.5kg
29 GRAND BRITANNIA Robbie Laing 1= 56.5kg
30 HAUT NORMANDIE Peter Snowden 1= 56.5kg
31 HELMET Peter Snowden 1= 56.5kg
32 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Peter G Moody 1= 56.5kg
33 HLUDOWIG Greg Eurell 1= 56.5kg
34 HOYLONNY Chris Waller 1= 56.5kg
35 HUEGILL Peter G Moody 1= 56.5kg
36 IL MIGLIORE Stuart Webb 1= 56.5kg
37 ISOPACH John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
38 JUST THE TONIC Gai Waterhouse 1= 56.5kg
39 JUSTWARMINGUP (NZ) Michael Kent 1= 56.5kg
40 KAITOA Michael Trotter 1= 56.5kg
41 KINGDOM OF WAR Tony Vasil 1= 56.5kg
42 KUTCHER John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
43 LIEUTENANT COLONEL John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
44 LUCKY TYCOON Shaun McCarthy 1= 56.5kg
45 MADE YOU ROCK Mark Kavanagh 1= 56.5kg
46 MANAWANUI Ron Leemon 1= 56.5kg
47 MASTHEAD Anthony Freedman 1= 56.5kg
48 MEETHAQ Danny O’Brien 1= 56.5kg
49 MEGA RICH Anthony Freedman 1= 56.5kg
50 MINUTE BY MINUTE David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
51 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody 1= 56.5kg
52 MOON DEVIL Mark Kavanagh 1= 56.5kg
53 MOROCCO Anthony Cummings 1= 56.5kg
54 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse 1= 56.5kg
55 NICONOISE David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
56 ODD SOCKS Jason Petch 1= 56.5kg
57 OUR SMOKIN’ ROCK Anthony Freedman 1= 56.5kg
58 POLISH Bart Cummings 1= 56.5kg
59 PRACTICED Robert Hickmott 1= 56.5kg
60 RAPIDUS (NZ) Bart Cummings 1= 56.5kg
61 REIGN OF TERROR Neville Parnham 1= 56.5kg
62 REKINDLED ALLIANCE Paul Messara 1= 56.5kg
63 RESCUE MISSION (NZ) Anthony Freedman 1= 56.5kg
64 REVITALISE Robert Hickmott 1= 56.5kg
65 RUNNING TALL Danny O’Brien 1= 56.5kg
66 SABRAGE Michael Moroney 1= 56.5kg
67 SECRET HILLS Mick Price 1= 56.5kg
68 SHOWPONY EXPRESS John O’Shea 1= 56.5kg
69 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings 1= 56.5kg
70 SON OF CAESAR Phillip Stokes 1= 56.5kg
71 SPECTER Anthony Freedman 1= 56.5kg
72 STATE OF WEALTH Brian Smith 1= 56.5kg
73 STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings 1= 56.5kg
74 SUITS US Bart Cummings 1= 56.5kg
75 SUPREME WARRIOR (NZ) Leon Corstens 1= 56.5kg
76 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson 1= 56.5kg
77 THE DEEP SOUTH (NZ) Michael Moroney 1= 56.5kg
78 THE GREAT SNOWMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 1= 56.5kg
79 THE NEW BOY Danny O’Brien 1= 56.5kg
80 TONED Robert Hickmott 1= 56.5kg
81 TREMEC (NZ) John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
82 TUNES Peter Snowden 1= 56.5kg
83 UNPRETENTIOUS Nikki Burke 1= 56.5kg
84 VATICAN Byron Cozamanis 1= 56.5kg
85 VOLATILE MATTER John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
86 WEHRMAN John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
87 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes 1= 56.5kg
88 WIN FOR WILSON John P Thompson 1= 56.5kg
89 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 1= 56.5kg
90 ZABEELZEBUB (NZ) Mark Kavanagh 1= 56.5kg
91 CHOICE WORDS David Vandyke 1= 54.5kg
92 MOSHEEN Robert Smerdon 1= 54.5kg